Episode 18 – Beautiful Liguria, Genoa – Pesto

“The best insider experience”

The Chef: Mario
Mario is the pesto expert.
He will welcome you in a beautiful palace dating back to the 16th century. He combines his passion for local recipes with his passion for local history so that each cooking class becomes a way to learn about local culture through the lens of food. Genoa is his main inspiration with its long history of maritime town influenced by different cultures from all over the Mediterranean sea.
From basil, to pine nuts to the delicate Liguria olive oil coming from the western side of the Riviera, each ingredient of your pesto will tell you a different story putting you in touch with the real soul of Genoa and Liguria.

The recipe: Pesto
Pesto, or to refer to the original dish pesto alla genovese, is a sauce originating in Genoa, the capital city of Liguria, Italy. It
traditionally consists of crushed garlic, European pine nuts, coarse salt, basil leaves, hard cheese such as Parmigiano-Reggiano
or Pecorino Sardo, all blended with olive oil.

List of the ingredients:
You will need:
1 or 2 garlic cloves
2 or 3 tablespoon of pine nuts
1 pinch of coarse sea salt
50 grams of Ligurian basil leaves
1 tablespoon of pecorino cheese
100 ml of extra virgin oil from Liguria
4 or 6 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese

Discover this recipe by clicking on the video

Cook at home and stay safe!


Beautiful Liguria, Genoa

Their specialty is Liguria and the surrounding regions. They offer authentic experiences designed to make people travel deeper.  They aim to offer immersive experiences, far from mass tourism, making guests discover the authentic soul of the territories they visit.  All the guides are locals and personally handpicked.  Traveling with them is a sustainable travel choice because they value local connections.  They strive to preserve and share the traditions of their region.

What they do:

Gastronomical experiences
Spend a morning in the biggest food market in Genoa. You will be enchanted by the smell of fresh focaccia, by the various cheese stalls, meat stalls, bakeries, shops that sell handmade pasta, fresh fish, fruits and vegetables in season.
Take a pesto cooking class in a noble palace.
Discover Cinque Terre by traditional boat and enjoy a typical Ligurian lunch

Active and cultural tours

Hike in Cinque Terre and meet local wine producers

Bike in Portofino surrounding mountains

Kayak the villages of Cinque Terre



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